Country Singer Nanci Griffith Dies At 68
Singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith has died at 66. Griffith was a popular country singer who made herself known throughout the United States through her folk and country blends, especially in her home state of Texas. A few of Griffith’s most famous songs include “From a Distance” and “Love at the Five & Dime.” However, she was best known for her album Other Voices, Other Rooms for which she won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. She is also known for her numerous appearances on the PBS television music program Austin City Limits. Griffith collaborated with many popular musicians, including Don McLean, Willie Nelson, Dolores Keane, Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Buffett.
Griffith’s death was confirmed by her management company Gold Mountain Entertainment. She was a two-time survivor of cancer, beating breast cancer in 1996 and thyroid cancer in 1998. The singer was often backed up by her band The Blue Moon Orchestra.
Several popular country musicians have honored the late singer on social media in response to her passing. Roseanne Cash paid tribute to Griffith by performing a video of her song “Trouble in the Fields” on Twitter. Darius Rucker stated in a post, “I lost one of my idols. One of the reasons I am in Nashville. She blew my mind the first time I heard Marie and Omie. And singing with her was my favorite thing to do.” Suzy Bogguss also paid tribute to Griffith in an Instagram post, writing, “My heart is aching. A beautiful soul that I love has left this earth. I feel blessed to have many memories of our times together along with most everything she ever recorded. I’m going to spend the day reveling in the articulate masterful legacy she’s left us. Rest my dear friend Nanci Griffith.”